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OpenFlow startup takes aim at Cisco, VMware

Big Switch Networks unveils products, customers, partnerships for SDNs

By , Network World
November 13, 2012 12:08 AM ET
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Big Virtual Switch supports up to 32,000 virtual network segments, enabling multi-tenancy and dynamic workload allocation, Big Switch says. It offers integration into orchestration systems, including OpenStack, CloudStack, Microsoft System Center and VMware vCenter. Big Switch says the BVS application enables up to 50% more VMs per rack, and up to $500,000 per rack in capital cost savings and $30,000 per rack per year in operational savings, based on a 40-server rack.

Production customers for the Big Switch Open SDN product suite include Fidelity Investments and Goldman Sachs. Ecosystem partners include A10 Networks, Arista Networks, Broadcom, Brocade, Canonical, Cariden, Citrix, Cloudscaling, Coraid, Dell, Endace, Extreme Networks, F5, Fortinet, Infoblox, Juniper Networks, Mellanox, Microsoft, Mirantis, Nebula, Piston Cloud, Palo Alto Networks, Radware, StackOps, ThreatSTOP, vArmour and Vyatta. These companies plan to support the products and develop applications to its APIs, Big Switch says.

Big Switch's challenge, naturally, will be execution, just as it is with any startup or established vendor, Skorupa says.

"They still have to build a viable business model," Skorupa says, especially with many vendors expected to eventually internally develop their own OpenFlow controllers, like HP did.

Pricing for Big Network Controller starts under $1,700 per month. Big Tap starts at under $500 per month, and Big Virtual Switch starts at under $4,200 per month. All products are available now.

Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 25 years, 21 at Network World. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy.

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